Night Letters, an adaptation of the celebrated novel by Robert Dessaix, will play at the Seymour Centre as part of the 2011 Mardi Gras Festival.

Written by Susan Rogers and directed by Chris Drummond, Night Letters will see 10 talented actors play more than 40 characters across three time periods in three cities.

The play explores fragile mortality as seen through the prism of the AIDS crisis, and also reflects on differing modes of masculinity throughout history. It comes to an understanding of what it means to be alive now.

“Night Letters is epic in its sweep yet deeply intimate in its focus,” director Christopher Hay said.

“The piece is a panoramic, virtuosic tale with a sweep and grandeur that recalls both Cloudstreet and Angels in America in the same breath.

“It is a call to arms, it is a searing analysis of the modern condition, but it is also an intensely intimate story of one man coming to terms with the fragility of life.”

info: Night Letters plays the Downstairs Theatre, Seymour Centre, 17 February – 12 March. Tickets from 02 9351 7940 or www.seymourcentre.com

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